Agriculture Notes

May 12, 2002

Apple growers eligible for help from government

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that signup for the 2000 Apple Market Loss Assistance Program began April 29.

The program will provide about $75 million to eligible growers for their 2000 crop apple production. The payments will help offset economic losses because of low prices in the U.S. apple market.

Growers can receive a payment per pound for their 2000 crop apple production, and they will be paid on a maximum of 5 million pounds per separate apple operation.

To receive cash payments, eligible apple producers must have produced and harvested apples during the 2000 crop year; not have received compensation from any federal program other than crop insurance for the same market loss; and apply for cash payments during the application period for each apple operation.

The deadline for application will be announced later.

Information: 410-848-2780.

Baltimore County farm to hold pasture walk, tour

A Baltimore County Pasture Walk will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30 at Bellevue Farm in Glen Arm.

Owner Bobby Prigel has 130 cows of various dairy breeds. He has been grazing his farm for more than 10 years, and the entire farm is seeded for permanent pasture. The discussion topic is managing surplus spring forage. Participants will visit the parlor that allows 100 cows to be milked in an hour with one operator. Information: 301-631-3578.

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